August 30, 2002
January 6, 1945
IN THE FIGHT
Many men from southern Butte County are fighting the Axis in Uncle
Sam’s Army, Navy, Marine and Air Corps. The Oroville Mercury wants
to keep those at home informed about their activities, and relatives
and friends are invited to submit news to this department.
HIGGINS, WHO WEARS FOUR BRONZE, STARS, IS IN HOSPITAL
Pvt. Orville E. Higgins, 28, son of Ms. Anna Higgins, of Horton
Avenue is a patient in the Hospital. Higgins served overseas 31
months with the 1st Armored Division in Africa and Italy. He participated
in the North African invasion, Tunisian Campaign, Cassino, Anzio
and Rome. Pvt. Higgins wears four bronze stars on his E.T.O. ribbons.
VARNUM FAMILY HAS REUNION BEFORE SON GOES OVERSEAS
Harold Varnum, Chief Motor Operator Machinist's Mate in the Seabees,
and his foster son, Radioman 3-C Edwin George (Bill) Brown of the
Navy along with Mrs. Vamum, Bill's mother, vacationed in Los Angeles
while Bill was stationed in San Pedro. It was the last get together
of the three of them before Bill went overseas. Christmas day marked
Vamum's second anniversary in the service. He spent 17 months in
Kodiak, Alaska, and is now stationed at Camp Parks. He recently
spent a weekend in Oroville visiting Mrs. Vamum, who is employed
at Tatman's Bakery. Prior to his military service, Varnum was a
mechanic at the Setzer Box Company in Greenville. Holiday greetings
to all his friends were received recently from Bill, somewhere in
THREE SONS HAVE PLENTY TO WRITE HOME ABOUT
Sgt. James B. Shettlesworth, one of the three sons of Mrs. E.F.
Shettlesworth of Feather Falls, is now hospitalized at Fort Lewis,
Wash., following 16 months service overseas with the famous First
Ranger Battalion. Strenuous duty weakened his knee and he was sent
back to Fort Lawton, Wash., to recuperate. An operation was later
performed at Fort Lewis. After his return from the battlefield in
June he was on leave and visited friends here and in Feather Falls
where he told many of his experiences during the Italian campaign.
His wife, the former Fay Barry, lives on El Noble Street, Oroville,
with their small son, Le Roy. Pfc. Harold Leon Shettlesworth is
now stationed in Australia. He is with the infantry and has seen
action in the Solomons, Munda, New Guinea and New Zealand. His wife,
the former Alta Johnson of Feather Falls, is now a railroad telegrapher
in Marysville. Frank Shettlesworth, Seaman 1-C U.S.N., is in the
South Pacific area as a gunner in the Armed Guard. He has been in
the service since April 1943. He is married to the former Thelma
Brown of Oroville, who makes her home in Sacramento with their one
year old daughter.
VERNON ROSE AWARDED GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
With the Americal Infantry Division somewhere in the southwest pacific--Pfc.
Vernon L. Rose, son of Mrs. Ethel Straub, Oroville, Calif, has been
awarded the Good Conduct Medal while serving with a veteran infantry
regiment in combat against the Japanese. Pfc. Rose fought with the
Americal Division in the Bougainville campaign. He is a scout.
Notes from Stu:
Unbelievable 31 months in some of the worst combat possible,
some Oroville area families with all their sons in the war. We,
(I) who didn’t go, often ask ourselves, could I have done what these
brave boys did?